Planning For Burial: Below the House

Planning For Burial: Below the House

Planning For Burial’s recent release of Below The House shows a notable refinement for one-man-band Thom Wasluck’s spacious blackened slowcore. While at parts there appears to be a resurgence of previously used pacing and chord progressions, Below The House’s strength comes through reworking these sounds into something that subtly coaxes the listener into a seamless journey of ambient intricacies hidden underneath every sombre riff.

Two Minutes With... Lord Sword

Two Minutes With... Lord Sword

For a band named after a sharp weapon, digesting Lord Sword's music feels more akin to being pummelled by an abrasive morning star. Course vocals, gritty guitars and shotgun drumming are the hallmarks of their music - creating songs that are steeped in rawness, a conceptual masculinity and aggression.

Lord Sword will be hitting the Newtown Social in Sydney where they'll be supporting Windhand and Cough on Wednesday April 5. Lord Sword Bassist Luke Buckler shares a few interesting tales as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

LIFE IS NOISE: Seven Year Anniversary Sale

LIFE IS NOISE: Seven Year Anniversary Sale

Seven years. Countless shows. Endless noise. LIFE IS NOISE is proud to announce that we’re celebrating our seventh anniversary - something that could never have happened without you.

To mark the occasion, for 7 days only we’ll be reducing the ticket price to our upcoming Windhand and Cough joint Australia/NZ Tour by $7.77.

These label-mates from Virginia will be melting minds at select venues throughout Australia and New Zealand as part of a massive doom double-header this March and April.

Our Seventh Anniversary Special is available here.

Interviews: Cough

Interviews: Cough

Released six years after their previous full length, Ritual Abuse, Still They Pray came at the end of a long road of self-development and seized opportunities for both Cough and their vocalist/guitarist David Cisco. Electric Wizard’s Jus Osborn joined forces with the band as their producer in a move Cisco describes as ‘out there’, along with Cisco having to re-evaluate the way he handles his music career while balancing life with his son who was born in the gap. Cisco speaks to LIFE IS NOISE on the previously mentioned gap, the ideas of investing your time wisely and the methodology that makes Cough the band that they are.

Two Minutes With... Indica

Two Minutes With... Indica

Indica have a love for performing music that dances between the heavy and the spiritual, performing interpretations of classic sounds laid out before them. Slow Burner is an aptly named track - starting slow and ominous before eventually cutting into majestic key changes, backed by hypnotic, pounding drums that pull the listener from a trance into a headbang.

Indica are supporting Windhand and Cough for their show at Crowbar in Brisbane on Sunday April 2. Guitarist and Vocalist Jay Talati shares a few thoughts ahead of the show as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

INTERVIEWS: WINDHAND

INTERVIEWS: WINDHAND

There’s an element of duality to Dorthia Cottrell’s craft as a musician. Her origins were humble and earnest – practicing in her bedroom as a self-described ‘angsty teenager’ whilst using the acoustic guitar as a cathartic tool - an act that carries on to this day in the form of her solo project. However the desire to transpose these skills into something heavier remained dormant until joining Windhand in 2009, now granting her a viewpoint into the worlds of both a solo artist and that of a band’s vocalist. Using these two avenues to create music, Cottrell’s musical career opens up questions as to how a musician can blend between these two worlds and how each one balances her life.

BORIS

Boris Pink Tour

 

LIFE IS NOISE and YOUNG HENRYS are proud to announce that experimental heavy music pioneers BORIS are returning to Australia for a national tour - performing their critically acclaimed album, Pink, in celebration of its 10th anniversary.


The immortal Japanese trio will be shaking venues to their foundations in a national tour, crossing through Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. Supporting on tour will be Perth based post-metal act Tangled Thoughts of Leaving.


"No home stereo system can capture the rich, bottom-heavy sound of Boris live, a sound so muscular, with so much presence, it's as much felt as heard."


- The Quietus


With a discography spanning over two decades, Boris have established themselves as one of the most prolific, genre bending bands in heavy music. Experimenting with drone, sludge, noise, doom, even dabbling into the realms of shoegaze and garage rock, the only thing more awe-inspiring than their musical versatility are their ear-shattering live performances.


Pink has been revered by numerous publications as one of Boris’ finest albums. It shone like a beacon in the mid-2000s metal scene - a bold combination of infectious energy, hypnotic atmosphere and broken boundaries. This tour presents Boris in their element as they showcase an album dedicated to unbridled diversity, taking the high energy of hard rock and washing it in a shoegaze dream.


"Its unshakably addictive refrain, blistering, scorched-out guitars, thunderous, supercharged rock, and countless change-ups not only warrant its extended length, but make it feel about half as long as it actually is, and keep the listener fully engaged throughout its entire runtime."


– Pitchfork

Support act Tangled Thoughts of Leaving have consistently impressed fans and critics with music that haunts like an old scar, forcing listeners to wallow in entrancing instrumentals and an inescapeable dread. Their 2015 release, Yield To Despair, was universally applauded as an atmospheric masterpiece, and their live shows are equally as awe inspiring.


This May, Boris will continue on their Pink 10th anniversary tour, promising one of the loudest shows you’ll catch all year. Don’t be caught waiting another decade for a tour like this to happen again.

 

Catch Boris and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving on the following dates:

Crowbar, Brisbane -  Monday May 15

Manning Bar, Sydney - Tuesday May 16

Fowlers Live, Adelaide - Thursday May 18

Max Watts, Melbourne - Friday May 19

Rosemount, Perth - Saturday May 20

 

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Two Minutes With... Tombsealer

 

Tombsealer have a real sting to their riffs, backed by a clunking bottom end and song structure that takes the listener on a journey. Hamunaptra, off Tombsealer's split with Swamp Lung, is a near 17 minute long epic - the gruff vocals, doom riffs, black metal shreds, howling solos and everything in-between and beyond grant an element of satisfaction that'll draw any metal fan to it - like a moth to flame.

Tombsealer will be supporting Windhand and Cough on their show at Fowlers Live in Adelaide on Thursday April 6. We had a brief chat with Vocalist Daniel Moyle in the lead-up to the show as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

 

What are five words you’d use to describe your band?

Contemporary Death and Doom hypnotism.

What’s been going on in the world of Tombsealer?

We've been working on our debut album for a long time now and focusing on refining every aspect of it. We've also had a recent change of members which has meant spending even more time on the album and practising harder than ever. Because of that, we haven't taken on too many shows recently - but we've just announced an Australian tour with our friends and fellow fiends in Sewercide. We're planning to release and tour our album when when we've finally perfected it, which will hopefully happen later this year.

You've been announced as supports on the Windhand/Cough tour - have these bands had an influence on you in one way or another?

Absolutely. Half of our band travelled to Melbourne to see Windhand when they last came to Australia and now we get to play with them which is a dream come true. We're also all huge fans of Cough and have all been influenced by their music in some way. We're extremely stoked to be playing this show.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened at one of your shows?

On the Melbourne leg of our tour with Mournful Congregation last year, we had a guy come up to the stage seconds before we were about to start and say "You guys better be fucking good". Shortly after beginning the first track he looked rattled and dropped to one knee to take his epilepsy medication. 

If you could open for any Australian or New Zealand based artist, who would it be and why? Feel free to choose acts that no longer exist.

Portal, because they're the most fucked up band that you may ever experience and thankfully we've already played with them. 

Ten years from now you’ll be…

Probably fucking dead.

Have you got any interesting stories from tour or during recording you’d want to share?

On our tour with Space Bong we left Adelaide on a Thursday night in a full twelve seater van. We played Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane over a weekend and got back to Adelaide on the Tuesday morning. Over that time we had a total of five hours sleep on a floor and we all pushed our narcotic intake to the limits so we all lost our minds. By the time we got to Brisbane, we were hallucinating and the drive home from there was one of the most fucked up collective experiences of our lives, in the best possible way.

What’s the best compliment you’ve received at a show? What’s the weirdest?

To answer both at once - someone once said we sound like Entombed on ketamine which was truly touching. 

 
 

Tickets from lifeisnoise.com, Oztix, the venues and undertheradar.co.nz for NZ shows.

Windhand / Cough Tour: Support Announcement

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LIFE IS NOISE is thrilled to announce a selection of handpicked local support acts for Windhand and Cough’s joint tour across New Zealand and Australia from the end of March until early April.


As Windhand and Cough grace the San Fran in Wellington on Friday March 31, support will come from the deafening doom and drone of Ritual Abuse and the lush atmospheric soundscapes of Opium Eater.


The Kings Arms in Auckland will then play host to sprawling stoner three-piece Bloodnut and forest rock act Greenfog in all their haunting glory, come Saturday April 1.


Following that, Lizzard Wizzard and Indica will make an appearance at Crowbar in Brisbane on Sunday April 2. After releasing the follow-up to their self-titled debut earlier this year, Lizzard Wizzard have unleashed a harsher, more venomous sound with Total War Power Bastard backed by an equally gut-wrenching live show. Indica’s earlier set will douse the audience in tar during their performance, blurring the lines between heavy and spiritual.


Sydney’s Newtown Social then hosts Lord Sword and Dawn on Wednesday April 5. Boasting a hard-edged mix of sludge and doom, Lord Sword are known for a gritty mix of riff and melody, cleaving through audiences with reckless abandon. Dawn are also slated to unleash a hypnotic brand of doom as they warm up the venue. This will be our final show at Newtown Social. Come down for the doom farewell to the venue.


The following night showcases the immortal Space Bong backed by Tombsealer at Fowlers Live in Adelaide on Thursday April 6. Space Bong have shifted in sound much like smoke shifts in the wind, employing a highly revered form of stoner/sludge metal as thick as molasses and twice as dark. Tombsealer have been lauded for their uncommon mix of both doom and death metal, well worth the watch for both talent and ingenuity.


The next offering comes in the form of the towering Inverloch with Merchant on Friday April 7, shaking the walls of The Corner Hotel in Melbourne. Born from the ashes of late 80s doom act diSEMBOWLMENT, Inverloch returned with a sorely missed mix of atmosphere and brutality on their acclaimed 2016 release, Distance | Collapsed. Inverloch are also label-mates with Windhand and Cough on the metal heavyweight, Relapse Records. Merchant immediately received high praise as a psych-doom powerhouse upon last year’s debut release, pulling no punches when it comes to sludge soaked riffs.


The final leg of the tour brings Skullcave and The Pissedcolas to Badlands in Perth on Saturday April 8. Skullcave’s brand of doom-gaze has both turned heads and burst eardrums, rapidly earning them the respect of industry professionals and crowds alike. The Pissedcolas open on the night with a blistering mix of both post-punk and doom - fierce in dynamic yet oddly addictive. 
 

Catch Windhand and Cough at any of the following dates:

Wellington – San Fran – Friday March 31 w/ RITUAL ABUSE + OPIUM EATER
Auckland – Kings Arms – Saturday April 1 w/ BLOODNUT + GREENFOG
Brisbane – Crowbar – Sunday April 2 w/ LIZZARD WIZZARD + INDICA
Sydney – Newtown Social – Wednesday April 5 w/ LORD SWORD + DAWN
Adelaide – Fowlers Live – Thursday April 6 w/ SPACE BONG + TOMBSEALER
Melbourne – Corner Hotel – Friday April 7 w/ INVERLOCH + MERCHANT
Perth – Badlands – Saturday April 8 w/ SKULLCAVE + THE PISSEDCOLAS

Tickets from lifeisnoise.com, Oztix, the venues and undertheradar.co.nz for NZ shows.

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Two Minutes With: Old Loaves

Old Loaves craft a form of sludge laced music that ambles over monolithic heights and swoops into crushing lows. Grungy bass tone, hefty riffs and smooth, stretched vocals all act as tools to create atmospheric songs – dashed with hints of post-metal and powered by seething fire.

Supporting Neurosis on Wednesday February 15 at the Kings Arms in Auckland, Old Loaves’ Drummer Cameron Reid shares a few words as part of our Two Minutes With series.

 

What are five words you’d use to describe your band?

Ominous, sweaty, boiling and burning.

What’s been going on in the world of Old Loaves?

Writing, jamming, a couple of live jaunts here and there, but mostly planning and preparing for the next record.

What kind of material would be prominent on the upcoming album? Who would you encourage to listen to it?

The new songs are slower, faster, meaner and heavier. I’d encourage all heavy-music fans to give it a spin, especially fans of the slower parts of Converge, early This Night Creeps and Meanderthal-era Torche.

What drives Old Loaves to make music?

Owning a decent recording setup and being able to record and listen back to high quality demos instead of lo-fi phone recordings. By solving that one problem, we’re able to push out songs a lot faster than before.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened at one of your shows?

Not so much weird, as totally stupid: I got stuck in traffic while the other two were waiting for me at the venue. We were opening for Doomriders. Thanks to my total incompetence, we only managed to play three songs, maybe four? The guys were understandably furious, especially considering I got to play a full set on bass for Entrails straight after.

Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.

Planes Mistaken For Stars’ album Mercy is the easy answer here. Me and Ben started the band with our friend Kalem O’Brien with the aim of making a band like Planes Mistaken For Stars, and Mercy seemed to encapsulate a lot of how we wanted to approach music. Somewhere in between hardcore, punk, post hardcore, post rock, metal and doom.

What’s the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into? Describe the situation.

I was in a car that got stopped by a police roadblock in Makara near Wellington because we were spotlighting for possums from the car with an air rifle like total idiots. Having armed cops pointing automatic rifles at me is still one of the scariest moments of my life - despite well and truly deserving it, I might add. Such stupid idiots.

You’re supporting Neurosis on their upcoming tour. Has the band had an effect on you in one way or another?

Neurosis continue to be a massive influence on me, and for the rest of the band as well. That video of Neurosis playing ‘Locust Star’ at Ozzfest might be my most watched video of all time. I’d never seen or heard something so focused and ferocious before. It is such a tremendous honour for us to get to share the stage with a band that I look to as the epitome of heaviness. Just such artistic integrity, always.

If you could open for any Australian or New Zealand based artist, who would it be and why? Feel free to choose acts that no longer exist.

The Mint Chicks. I only got to see them three times in their existence: opening for Yeah Yeah Yeahs; at the last This Night Creeps show in Wellington; and in the Devonport naval tunnels. Each time was a kick in the teeth. Screens is such a perfect pop record.

Ten years from now you’ll be…

Hopefully still making music with Old Loaves, playing shows, putting out records. For now I’m just looking forward to next week.

 
 

Tickets from lifeisnoise.com, the venues and undertheradar.co.nz for all New Zealand shows.

LET THE TRIBE INCREASE: JANUARY ROUND-UP

LET THE TRIBE INCREASE: JANUARY ROUND-UP

Tessa Tribe (Masses) talks some of the releases that have been on her radar this January, including stuff from Tumbas, Killed By Death, Wet Lips and Cable Ties.

ANGER MANAGEMENT: THE FUROR

ANGER MANAGEMENT: THE FUROR

The story of Perth's chaotic black/death/thrash maniacs, The Furor, is one of determination and passion. Anchored down by human percussion dynamo Louis Rando (aka Dizazter), The Furor have been blasting barbaric and blasphemous hymns since 2002-ish. Rando loves to play fast, smashing double-kicks and screaming his guts out and has done so over the course of four full-lengths and two EPs. 

MOMENTS IN NOISE: ODIO

MOMENTS IN NOISE: ODIO

Odio may be from modern-day California, but their hearts and souls reside in the formative days of Scandinavian and Japanese crust. Taking hints from early GISM, Destino Final and Deathside, their latest seven-inch—Un Mondo Libero dall’Uomo—is nothing but sheering d-beat and noisy hardcore from start-to-finish.

With the band heading out on a full-scale Australian tour next week, we chatted to frontman JonCon about his predictions for the New Year in the realms of US politics, music, trends and—considering the topical interest—deaths.

INTERVIEWS: NEUROSIS

INTERVIEWS: NEUROSIS

Disgust, love, hate, lust, pain, joy—Neurosis is a band that actually make you feel. Tearing these raw emotions from their very core, their ability to ‘connect’ with the diverse psychosomatic traits that every human carries is intrinsic. It’s tuning into the type of energy you feel directly in your gut, not your brain, guitarist and vocalist Steve Von Till muses. It’s recognising that natural instinct that guides us all in a world full of chaos.

EAT A BAG OF MIX: MAIA (HABITS)

EAT A BAG OF MIX: MAIA (HABITS)

Eat a Bag of Mix is a LIFE IS NOISE feature where we get a DJ, musician, producer, industry figure, promoter or just someone with all-round amazing taste in messed-up and weird music to give us a selection of tracks that has influenced them, or tunes that currently float their boat.

This month's bag-of-mixer is Melbourne-based singer, performer, visual artist, booker and one half of 'sad goth' duo Habits - Maia - revealing some of the rock, grunge and dark electronic tracks that appeal to their self-professed "..inner emo".

MOMENTS IN NOISE: AUSMUTEANTS

MOMENTS IN NOISE: AUSMUTEANTS

Ausmuteants don't fuck around. In four years, this Melbourne-via-Geelong synth punk outfit has brought out three full lengths and a slew of seven-inches and splits - with songs that diss lazy music writers, isolating internet relationships and people who always need to be right.

We chatted to Jake Robertson about their latest effort, Band Of The Future, why farting is more interesting than their music and whether the constant comparisons to Devo is music press actually grinds them. 

DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB: TOP PICKS FOR 2016

DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB: TOP PICKS FOR 2016

When Alex Wilson from Sleepmakeswaves isn't having super interesting conversations with musicians about their day jobs, he's listening to an equally diverse bunch of tunes. Here's his top releases for 2016.